Watch out for the man (or woman) who cannot, or will not, ever speak in absolutes. The person who is unable to make a statement without a qualifier such as "I think", I believe", or "It seems to me" is almost always a moral relativist, and even when appearing to speak in the strongest of terms is still giving himself a get-out clause should he/she want to (or be forced to) change their mind.
Case in point: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana thinks that he ought to condemn the "welcome back to school" present that Hamas sent to the Israeli town of Sderot - a hail of missle fire upon a toddler day-care center:
Visiting EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana condemned the attacks on Sderot, adding that on a previous trip to Israel he had been in the town as rockets fell.
"I'd like to show my solidarity with the people of Sderot," he said at a news conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
"I know what it means, and to see today again the same experience for the people, in particular at a time when kids are in school, I think it's something that I have to condemn," he said.
Jeez, you think? Is there anything more offensive than attempting to slaughter another nation's innocent children simply for hate's sake? Javier's not sure; maybe this was some type of an Israeli provocation? So he'll say he "thinks" he has to condemn it - leaving him an out the next time he dines (or provides Euros to ) Hamas.
The inability to call a thing what it is, to stand up and call out evil without a qualifier, is a deadly moral failing. The enemies of the West have no such doubts; and they'll use ours to skewer us with...